Colonial Arts Center Manager Anne Wilson addresses the city's Consolidated board Thursday. / Photo by Monica Zalaznik

‘Boooockhannon’ is back this October with a witch-themed 5K run, costume contest/parade and much more!

BUCKHANNON – Spooky season is rapidly approaching, and ‘Booookhannon’ is set to make a return.

Colonial Arts Center Manager Anne Wilson attended the city’s Aug. 24 Consolidated Public Works Board meeting to present and request approval for a list of events set to take place in October.

“I’m planning Booookhannon, a month-long, Halloween-themed list of events, leading up to our trunk or treat and our trick or treat the city does at the end of October every year,” Wilson said. “Two of the events that I’m requesting approval from you today on are specifically fundraisers for the CAC and will take place outdoors. They’re on the same day, at two different times, and one event is in the morning and one is in the evening.”

Wilson said one of the events is a witch-themed 5K, which will take place Oct. 28 in the morning.

“Instead of a Zombie 5k, like we did last year, we are theming a little bit differently this year with a witch theme, and we’re going to have the Salem sisters there from ‘A Little Glass Slipper Character Company,’ so it’s going to a little bit more fun,” Wilson said. “We’re going to make a T-shirt for the 5k this year and just switch some things up from how we did it last year.”

The 5k will entail the same route from last year, and the zombie theme will be used elsewhere.

“The second event in the evening is the Zombie Walk, and this will be the third annual that we’ve done so far; it is a costume contest and parade from the entrance of the CAC, down Traders Alley to Jawbone Park, where we announced the winners and take some photographs,” Wilson said. “We did have the Zombie [Bar] Crawl last year, but I don’t have a request for that yet because I only have two places that have responded that want to be part of that, and those are Stone Tower Brews and the Whistlestop, so as of right now, that event is not really ready, but these two events are what I brought to you today.”

The board approved both of Wilson’s proposed events. They also approved the annual Trunk or Treat at the Public Safety Complex & Jawbone Park Oct. 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; the Buckhannacon Halloween Celebration and Costume Contest at the Stockert Youth and Community Center’s Haunted House, set for Oct. 13 from 5 to 10 p.m.; and the SYCC Haunted Youth Center Oct. 20-21 from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Find more information about the month-long Halloween-themed events on the Colonial Arts Center’s Facebook page.

The board also voted to suggest a time for Trick or Treat in the city limits, which Buckhannon City Council will have to approve in the future.

“We would like to have this go through this board so we can recommend to city council to have Trick or Treat on Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. within city limits,” Mayor Robbie Skinner said. “Those times typically coincide with the county, and Oct. 31 this year is a Tuesday.”

The board approved the recommendation, which will now proceed to council for approval.  

In other Consolidated Public Works Board news, the board approved a event request and street closure for the B-UHS Homecoming Parade on Sept. 20 from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the use of Jawbone Park.

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